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as the pope makes a move unseen in 600 years. good afternoon. i'm tori campbell pope benedict xvi sent shock waves around the globe this morning. he announced he's going to resign at the end of the month, right in the middle of the holy see son the lent. ktvu's alex savidge -- season of lent. ktvu's alex savidge has more with this means to the catholics in the bay area. >> reporter: well, good afternoon. pope benedict xvi decided to step down, he said, because he just doesn't have the mental and physical strength to lead the catholic church at 85 years of age. parishioners here at st. mary's cathedral in san francisco, certainly caught offguard. many respect the decision. some believe he should have waited until after the easter holiday. the first pope to voluntarily resign in more than 700 years. pope benedict xvi made the stunning announcement this morning from the vatican. it came as a surprise even to his closest advisers. >> absolutely shocked. >> reporter: this was the reaction from the communications director at san francisco's catholic diocese. he says this -- he says this is a wise
may have come prior to his election in 2005. pope benedict xvi hoped to retire and write books. he's he's a highly regarded scholar in theology. he submitted his resignation three times. despite statements that he didn't have the mental and physical strength to go on, one parishioner said it was bad timing. >> i would have resigned after -- let's say after easter. this is the most highly, highly -- holy, holiday of the catholic church. >> reporter: the 85-year-old's last day of pope will be february 28th the last time a pope resigned was nearly 600 years ago, in 1415, when pope gregory stepped down in order to an end a civil war within the church. pope benedict xvi was born in 1927 as joseph ratzinger in germany he was forced into hitler's youth at age 14. he served in the army but deserted and was captured by the americans. we are hoping to speak from officials from the archdiocese this morning. we'll let you know what they have to say. live from san francisco, i'm tara moriarty, ktvu channel 2 news. >> thank you. >>> in overnight news, a crash in concord leaves one man with life-
. tori and dave? >> all right. thank you, pam. >>> we've learned what pope benedict xvi will be called when he officially retires. he will be known as a emeritus pope and will continue to wear right. when he steps down, he lob the first pontiff to do so in 600 years. cardinal levada leaves for the vatican today to help choose the new pope. he will be among the 117 cardinals voting on the replacement for pope benedict xvi. yesterday, he talked about some of the qualities he would be looking for in the next pope. >> a man of prayer, a man of peace, a person who has shown qualities of leadership either through his work in the nature of the archdiocese in the world or possibly through heading a department or perhaps more ideally a combination of those things. >> the cardinals hope to elect a new hope before the start of holy week which begins march 24th. the pope changed the rules of the conclave, a group of cardinals who will choose the new pope allowing them to move up the start date before the usual 15-day period between the start of the conclave. it was one of his last acts before step
pope benedict xvi will be called. he will be known as emmiree tis -- eemeritus pope. when the pope officially steps do you on thursday, he will be the first pontiff to do so in -- steps down on thursday, he will be the first pontiff to do so in 600 years. >>> the building at pier 27 will start small and then think big. it will be the america's cup headquarters hosting ka that marines from march through october and then a second phase of construction will add a -- catamarans from march through october and then a second plays of construction will add a terny nal -- terminal. >>> later today, the san jose city council will get its first look at the latest development plan for a five-acre parcel land in the city's japan town area. jackson and sixth street was used in the past to store and maintain city-owned vehicles. city leaders are now considering a big change to the area. they will consider building new homes and stores and possibly a new city park. >>> san jose city leaders will propose a ban on styrofoam containers. supporters say this would also help the amount of litter in wate
: the vatican is on the defense this morning. it denies claim from italian media that pope benedict decided to resign after getting a report from cardinals in december outlining corruption and homosexuality in the vatican. >> the pope's resignation takes effect on thursday. at a vatican news conference, we deseed that he started to move up the process of -- dear decided to move up the -- decided to move up the process of electing a new pope. the vatican today denied claims the pope is resigning under these claims. >> i don't worry they are being taken in by it. >> three cardinals authored the pope. the pope read this report in december and considered releasing it to other cardinals but instead the word is from the vatican he's putting it back in the papal abeat its waking the next pope's review. keith o'brien from scotland is being forced into early resignation. all of this is happening as california's 11 million catholics observe lent. live in washington, kyla campbell, ktvu channel 2 news. >>> peninsula state assemblyman jerry hill is calling for an audit of the state public utilities com
, connecticut. >>> the vatican is acknowledging for the first time that pope benedict xvi has had a pacemaker for several years. this revelation came a short time ago, one day after the pope stunned the world's 1 billion plus catholics by announcing he's resigning. the 85-year-old pope cited his age and fatigue as the reasons he's stepping down. sources say even the pope's closest associates had no idea he was planning to resign. the catholic church hopes to have a new pope in place by easter, march 31st. the vatican says the pope will have no role in what could be an historic decision. the number of catholics is declining in europe and there is a projected catholic room in asia, africa and latin america. the new pope could come from a country as far away as europe. >> up to this point, popes have been always european. but the church as a whole and the college of cardinals is becoming much more global. >> cardinals from ghana, nigeria and canada are on the top list. timothy dolan is expected the top american to become the top pope. richard mahoney will help elect the new pope. the archdiocese
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